Rising up, the bottles of physique sprays, lotions, butters and eau de toilettes that lined my toilet self-importance have been far sweeter than a desert-filled episode of The Nice British Bake Off. My rotation sometimes included Britney Spears’s Fantasy (or Curious); a pure-sugar scent that, not surprisingly, was referred to as Pink Sugar; and anything my assortment of shiny magazines was promoting. If it smelled like a frosted cupcake with sprinkles, I used to be—undoubtedly—sporting it. 

I will at all times love unapologetically candy scents, however now my tastes have graduated to perfume blends which might be heat and woody or grounded with spices, leathers or traditional florals. That mentioned, signature candy notes like vanilla are sometimes on the coronary heart of my all-time-favourite perfumes. They’re simply far much less overpowering.

Being a magnificence editor and all, my desk is at all times overflowing with fragrance, so I made a decision to begin a bit of experiment late final 12 months. As an alternative of sticking to my regular trajectory of signature fragrances, I went on a perfume-wearing spree, if you’ll, during which I wore a special scent daily for about of month, paying attention to which formulation I appreciated finest and which blends received me essentially the most questions, feedback, and compliments. In overview, I observed one thing intriguing: The highest 10 scents all had a standard, not-so-secret ingredient, vanilla (a end result that very a lot proved my speculation that vanilla continues to be related submit–teenagers and out of doors the kitchen).

Under, I am sharing the highest 10 fragrances I am presently obsessive about and which by no means did not earn me compliments from strangers and family members alike. Hold scrolling! The perfect vanilla perfumes lie simply forward. 

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